Alexis, an 11-year-old girl from Arkansas upset her family when she took off in the middle of the night after stealing $10 thousand dollars out of her grandmother’s sock drawer. The young bandit wanted to go visit a boy she had met in Jacksonville, Florida while on vacation over the summer and she had a pretty sweet getaway plan to see her new beau. Young love makes ya’ll crazy.
Alexis walked to a gas station and hitched a ride with a stranger to Little Rock where she called a taxi. No dice were reportedly in the mirror, but the cab must have been pretty “fresh” because instead of questioning why an 11-year old girl traveling alone would hire a taxi to make the approximately 13 hour, 800 mile trip, the cab driver just asked her if she had any money. Hopefully he didn’t mind a little lint on his cash.
Google Maps now tells you; “Select the fourth route option if you are you a cab driver about to go on a cross-state journey with a pre-teen; stay put and call the cops.”
Her family feared for the worse, but police were able to quickly trace her call to the cab company who then called the driver as he and Alexis were approaching Atlanta. The family drove nine hours to Georgia to pick her up (I’m not sure why the cab driver just didn’t turn around, doesn’t he have to drive back to Arkansas, anyway?) They were upset with her, but her father Brent Waller said; "You have the rest of your life to punish her. You just want to hug her and just love her because you got her back and that's what's important.”
A nine hour cab ride sounds like punishment enough.
I agree with her dad. She’s eleven. There are several grown-ass adults here who have failed miserably; I am not placing the blame on the 11 year old. We all did stupid stuff when we were that age and didn’t know any better. Number one; why does Grandma have ten thousand dollars in her sock drawer? Was her mattress already full? Now when a sock goes missing in Grandma’s laundry we know why; the sock pocketed few G’s and is headed to the Sunshine State to meet up with a sexy stocking.
Secondly; what’s up with the guy who picked up an 11-year-old hitchhiker. Sure there are tons of sick people who would kidnap a young girl in this situation; her father even assumed that’s what happened, telling reporters; “I just thought some guy had come and scooped her up.” –Yet this person just gave her a ride and didn’t give a shit how old she was; which in a weird way is even stranger than if they had more nefarious intentions.
I would go on a 800 mile trip with Sacramento Taxi Dave.
Of course this brings us to the cab driver; let’s give him the benefit of the doubt; maybe he thought it was some whacky “Home Alone” type situation he was getting himself into? Alexis says the cabbie didn’t ask too many question and just wanted to make sure she could pay for the $1,300 trip. “He didn’t really ask anything, he just asked where I wanted to go.”
Her Dad driving her home: he says she lost cell phone and makeup privileges as punishment.
Police say there won’t be any charges against the cab driver because there were no laws broken. However her family wants to push for a law that requires cab drivers to ask for identification if they are going to transport a minor across state lines. No word on if Alexis ever got to see her man. Maybe he can come visit her in Arkansas on the Greyhound Bus; those are safe. Who do you think is to blame here?
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